|1.||an accepted or approved example of something against which others are judged or measured|
|2.||(often plural) a principle of propriety, honesty, and integrity: she has no standards|
|3.||a level of excellence or quality: a low standard of living|
|4.||any distinctive flag, device, etc, as of a nation, sovereign, or special cause|
|5.||a. any of a variety of naval or military flags|
|b. the colours of a cavalry regiment|
|6.||a flag or emblem formerly used to show the central or rallying point of an army in battle|
|7.||a large tapering flag ending in two points, originally borne by a sovereign or high-ranking noble|
|8.||the commodity or commodities in which is stated the value of a basic monetary unit: the gold standard|
|9.||an authorized model of a unit of measure or weight|
|10.||a unit of board measure equal to 1980 board feet|
|11.||(in coinage) the prescribed proportion by weight of precious metal and base metal that each coin must contain|
|12.||an upright pole or beam, esp one used as a support|
|13.||a. a piece of furniture consisting of an upright pole or beam on a base or support|
|b. (as modifier): a standard lamp|
|14.||a. a plant, esp a fruit tree, that is trained so that it has an upright stem free of branches|
|b. (as modifier): a standard cherry|
|15.||a song or piece of music that has remained popular for many years|
|16.||the largest petal of a leguminous flower, such as a sweetpea|
|17.||(in New Zealand and, formerly, in England and Wales) a class or level of attainment in an elementary school|
|18.||of the usual, regularized, medium, or accepted kind: a standard size|
|19.||of recognized authority, competence, or excellence: the standard work on Greece|
|20.||nonstandard Compare informal denoting or characterized by idiom, vocabulary, etc, that is regarded as correct and acceptable by educated native speakers|
|21.||(Brit) (formerly) (of eggs) of a size that is smaller than large and larger than medium|
|[C12: from Old French estandart gathering place, flag to mark such a place, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German stantan to stand, Old High German ort place]|
standard stan·dard (stān'dərd)
An acknowledged measure of comparison for quantitative or qualitative value; a criterion.
An object that under specified conditions defines, represents, or records the magnitude of a unit.
Serving as or conforming to a standard of measurement or value.
Widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence.